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Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D.

Portrait of Nancy Vedder-Shults

Nancy has offered personal growth workshops since 1987. In 1992, she left the Women's Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to work full-time as a singer, writer, storyteller, educator, workshop facilitator, and ritualist. Since then she's presented workshops and sung all over North America. Her approach is both creative and intellectual, using the skills that created her recordings — Chants for the Queen of Heaven and Singing the Promise — as well as those that led to her Ph.D. Nancy's work won a Feminist Theology Award from the Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation that financed her first recording. You can purchase either CD at Mama's Minstrel and learn more about Nancy's work.

Since this July, Nancy has been the Wiccan blogger for Tikkun Daily, an interfaith blogsite for spiritual progressives. She has almost completed her divination deck/book set entitled The World is Your Oracle. If you've been reading Matrifocus over the last few years, you've probably seen excerpts from it.

Nancy's work is rooted in ritual, story, and song as well as in feminist thealogy and women's studies scholarship. As a Ph.D., she honed her skills in the emerging field of Women's Studies in the 1970s and 1980s, evolving an empowering leadership and teaching style that she uses in retreats and workshops today. Her ongoing research in myth is accessible and inviting, and her workshops are playful and fun!

Nancy lives in Madison, WI, with a feminist spouse. Her twenty-something daughter, Linnea Vedder, flew the coop several years ago, but has been collaborating with her mother in crafting The World Is Your Oracle. Linnea is painting a deck of 48 cards to accompany the book, creating an oracle of oracles. You can view her other art work at


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